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This is poster #49 titled, “What is an Animal Care and Use Committee?” This light tan colored poster displays a cartoon like group of six mixed gender people dressed in distinctive work related clothes. It is intended to show the diversity of the “Animal Care and Use Committee”, a requirement for evaluating efficacy of animal study proposals and the use of animals in research. In the middle of the poster is a line of animals looking up at the people. At the bottom of the poster under the title “ACUC helps safeguard Animal Welfare by:” are five bulleted information points explaining why ACUC’s are important for helping maintain good science. The first line of people has a Principal Investigator wearing a lab coat with “PI” below the chest pocket, a stethoscope around her neck and she is holding a beaker. Next to her is a young man in a green tee shirt that has “Safety First” printed on his chest and represents a Safety Officer. In the second row from left to right there is an older man in a blue business suit and represents a non-scientist. Next, is a minister in a gray suit and he has a white clerical collar who represents a non-affiliated community member. Then there is a balding veterinarian in a white lab coat with “DVM” below the chest pocket. The last person is a woman with yellow hair wearing a maroon dress and she is holding a clip board. At the feet of the people and going from left to right the animals are a pink pig, gray rabbit, white mouse, green frog, tank of zebra fish, brown monkey and tan dog. The information points at the bottom of the poster are as follows: “Reviewing Animal Study Proposals, Reviewing Animal Programs and Facilities, Advising on the Care and Use of Animals, Identifying Training Needs and Responding to Concerns”.

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Welcome to the Intramural Animal Care and Use (ACU) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This page is intended to serve as an information resource for NIH scientists, Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) members, veterinarians, animal science specialists, and other NIH staff involved in the conduct of biomedical research here at NIH.

Dr. Michael M. Gottesman, Deputy Director for Intramural Research serves as the Institutional Official for the NIH Intramural Research Program. Twenty-five of 30 NIH components use animals in their intramural research programs. Each of those 25 components has an ACUC, and their program is directed by a senior veterinarian, the Animal Program Director (APD). In the conduct of their research, the scientific staff, ACUCs and APDs are responsible to the Institutional Official. The Animal Research Advisory Committee (ARAC) meets monthly to discuss trans-NIH topics and to provide advice to the Institutional Official. The Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU) provides oversight and programmatic assistance on behalf of the Institutional Official.

All components of the intramural NIH ACU program are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.

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